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  • Arrival of Pandemonium

    Stout trees stand side by side;
    there are three;
    unbridled branches;
    robust and stoic.
    With murmured rustling,
    leaves topple; flutter.
    They mantle delicate grasses
    and lay like a vibrant carpet
    threaded with flamed silks of scarlet and fiery auburn;
    a creation of a Master weaver.

    Cupping this calm in sturdy hands,
    a wall of stone;
    boulders really.
    It lay stretched out behind the trees;
    a vast sentinel decades old.

    The choking stench of stogie…
    the knock-back of a brown paper bag
    where young whiskey cowers;
    this rowdy bluster comes from nowhere;
    it stomps in to bust-up the stillness.
    Pilfering and plundering;
    it pounds, it pummels.

    Strapped over a brawny shoulder,
    the weapon…
    the handle gripped with unwaivered force,
    the power cord yanked…
    it roars to life spitting out turbulence;
    the carpet whimpers.

    The first strike screams;
    colors heave... and burst...
    they collide...they spill...
    the stogie smothers;
    the whiskey pounds;
    Shrieks and howls thrash about.

    The cup of calm broken;
    it falls through the cracks.
    Rustling is silenced…
    the carpet lay in shreds...

    the wall weeps.

    Pamela Wilonski
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